The songs range from 2 minutes to just over 4½ minutes in length - a far
cry from the 10-20 minute epics that were only 3 or 4 years away, and seem to fit into the psychedelic pop genre rather than that of progressive rock (itself only in its infancy). Lyrically they are (naturally) quite 'sixth-form': poetic, drawing on literary and biblical imagery, with only the occasional love song alongside pangs of adolescent existential angst. Musically the dominant sounds are those of Tony Banks's keyboards and Anthony Phillips's 12-string guitar: the former would go on to dominate the Genesis sound for the ensuing 30+ years; the latter sadly missed after Phillips' departure following their sophomore release. Alongside them are Mike Rutherford on bass, guitars & backing vocals (with Banks the only other consistent member of the band), and John Silver on drums, one of three sticksmen used by the band before the arrival of Phil Collins. And overlying all this was the burgeoning vocal talents of Peter Gabriel, already exhibiting a breadth of range and texture that would define his style for the remainder of his long career.
|The original sleeve|